Everybody’s a loser. Forest guards die for laws that cannot be defended. Poor people get exploited. Veerappan rules the jungle. Sandalwood trees disappear

Excerpts from letter to the editor from

The Karnataka government has expressed optimism about the safe release of Kannada screen idol Rajkumar, who is being held hostage by sandalwood smuggler Veerappan. Tamil Nadu chief minister M

Down To Earth articles on shahtoosh and Veerappan provoke comment. We decided to excerpt them. But first, the editor s rejoinder

The local communities have done a good job in regenerating degraded forest lands

Pakistan's Sindh forest department officials are destroying the green cover of the province, according to the Sindh Green Develop

The Allahabad High Court has directed inspector-general of police (criminal investigation department) to inquire into the alleged involvement of some police officials in illegal trading

The Cambodian government has alleged that a Malaysian company is illegally logging in the country's hardwood forest. The accusations have been made on the basis of aerial inspections and onsite

Environmentally alienated people are very happy to support timber smugglers and poachers